Wednesday, March 30, 2016

About A Babe: Valentina Ruby

If you've been watching the VM Insta at all, you've seen the beautiful alien princess who has abducted our hearts, Valentina Ruby. This babe spent the day soaking up a little preview of the summer sunshine in our new metal bikini tops (now available for pre-order!) and giving a glimpse of the personality behind those eyes so blue and dimples as deep as every pool we want to skinny dip in. All photos taken by Babe #2, Daria Kobayashi Ritch (see more of her at, whose work we've lusted over in mags like Oyster, i-D, Live FAST, and Nylon. Daria's photos communicate a feeling that is the epitome of a cool carefree girl, dreamy and effortless, but entirely earnest. Catch the vibes below to hold you over until summer finally hits!

Spring is here! And the warm weather makes us want to live it up a little more! If you could take a break and go and do anything, what would you do?

I'd probably be spending most of my time at the beach!

As a model what inspires you the most when you are working with someone on a job?

If they have good energy!

We dressed you up in our new metal bikinis and cool vintage and walked you around the streets of Highland Park. How would you wear & style these metal bikinis in your real life?

I'd also style them with vintage! All my clothes are from thrift stores or vintage shops!

What’s your best advice to girls this Spring about life? What do you think is a great way of living it?

Eat well, spend time in the sunshine, pick flowers! Spring is such a beautiful time of year, enjoy it :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Video: Fashion Summer Camp - Spring 2016 Collection

Spring our most favorite time of year! ~ Chinese food in the grass, dancing from morning till night, lazy beautiful days, stars in your head, howling at the moon, laying in the desert, toes in the ocean, dipping in your friends back yard pool! ~ It is everything.

Model: Pyper America
Styling: Donna Lisa
Make-up: Stacey Tan
Hair: Luke Chamberlain
Shot and Edited by: Shalon Goss

Monday, March 7, 2016

About A Babe: Tati Compton

I was super excited to meet this beauty from London and have some of her work on me. During our visit we talked about LA being an apocalyptic wasteland. Non-monogamous relationships. And how cows are the main contributing factor to the depletion of the Ozone Layer. Needless to say I enjoyed our conversation and could have talked to her for hours. A real type of person. No facade, fully herself. My kinda girl. It was quite a beautiful feeling watching her hand draw the piece on me. I could feel her light up when I took the last look at it before we began tattooing. I love seeing when an artist truly loves what they do. Thank you Tati!

How would you describe your style of tattooing? 


 Why do you think people respond the way they do to your work? 

I think they're attracted to the unique organic style of hand poking. 

Tati is wearing the Angel White Choker

 Your work is beautiful, very other worldly and feels real magical. What makes you happy in what you do? 

Being able to visualize and create designs for people that they've envisioned but not known how to go about it. 

 How would you describe yourself to someone you really wanted to impress?

I don't really care about impressing people. The type of people that impress me are humble and hard working. I'm usually unimpressed by attention seekers. 

What do you think about Fashion? 

I think it's generally quite vain and and useless. Style is a different matter. 

What did you like about Vanessa’s jewelry pieces you now own?

I love how they're reminiscent of tribal pieces and a perfect blend of vintage with new.

You seem like a passionate & truthful person. Why do you think you are that way?

Probably from a mix of my genetics and experiences.

 Who are some of your favorite girl friend/muses and why? 

All of my muses are unknown females (usually nude) depicted in old photographs whom I can't actually speak to or touch. They'll stay the same in that photo for as long as the photo is around. 

 If you could inspire your friends or the girls of this world, what would you say to them right this minute? 

Think upon the possibilities that could come from unlearning everything you've been taught.

Photographs by: Daria Kobayashi Ritch

Thursday, February 25, 2016

About A Babe: Jessica Garrison

Introducing "About A Babe", an interview column that explores the minds of girls we are wild about. The artists that span a variety of styles, the sparkly personalities that excite us, the muses that inspire our own personal definitions of what makes a 'cool girl' cool. It's a peek into Vanessa's mind and heart via the girls who occupy it. The first installment features Jessica Garrison, a production designer (her talent was tapped for our upcoming Summer '16 Lookbook!), an insanely talented fiction writer, and adored friend.

Jessica in the Honey-Rider Feather Statement Necklace and the Moon & Stars Gold Choker
How did you and Vanessa come into each others lives?

I think it started because we both like dogs and pinot grigio. We've spent a good number of nights sitting on the kitchen counter, legs dangling over the cupboard, eating funyuns, drinking wine with ice cubes.

Why are you friends? Why do you think she loves you so much? How do you think you inspire her so?

Haha that's a lot of questions disguised as one! Okay. I don't know why we're friends. No one's ever asked me that. Let me think. I'm attracted to people with no filter, which makes Vanessa just my type. And if she loves me so much, I think it's because she has that capacity. She loves things in great quantity. It's refreshing in a world of "yea I'm good," and "things are okay." To Vanessa things aren't so gray. And they're not for me either. I think we inspire each other to see things differently.
Jessica in the Crush Gold Necklace, the Amore Stud moon Gold Necklace, the Muse Gold Rosary, and the Moon & Stars Pearl Choker

How would you describe yourself to someone you really wanted to impress?

I'd probably just closed-mouth smile and let Vanessa do the talking. She's good at leaving impressions.

How would you describe yourself to someone you really DID NOT want to impress?

I wouldn't.

What do you think about Fashion?

The last conversation I had about fashion was with Vanessa when we ended up at a magazine issue release and I told her how much I hated fashion parties. I own maybe three dresses, one pair of pants, and seven scrunchies. But I do think the day goes better when you like your outfit.

What gets you off about Vanessa’s jewelry?

Haha good question! I like the way it touches my neck.

Jessica in the Bow & Arrow Choker

Tell us about your writing projects and why you think people respond the way they do to it?

I'm working on a book and a script. But recently I've been writing these short journal-type stories on Instagram (something I never thought I'd say). They're mostly about a breakup and how messy my life became, and I think people respond to them because they recognize the feeling. We all have our own messes, and when you share the same as another, the mess starts to look kind of beautiful.

If you could inspire your friends or the girls of this world, what would you say to them right this minute?

Let's stick together and be better people.

Jessica in the Honey-Rider Feather Statement Necklace and the Moon & Stars Gold Choker
Photographs by Daria Kobayashi Ritch

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Spring 2016 Collection

We are beyond excited to show you our new Spring Collection "Fashion Summer Camp" featuring Pyper America.

It's that time of year again. Our favorite time of year. When it's time to get out at all the trouble there is to get at.

When boys get put on the back burner and great friendships keep us scheming. Girls being girls, doing the best kind of girl stuff.

Life warms up & we get to take off more clothes! What's left but our jewels and a whole lotta fun times.

This collection is inspired by the muses of our best friends. The ones that get us into trouble as easily as they get us out of it. Our friends that make us sweet and dangerous and everything else in between.

Together we are fearless, cool asf and the world becomes suddenly full of it all.

We hope you wear & feel this collection with that in mind and all inhibitions get set aside. 

Starting with our thin gold and silver armbands, cool bone & metal chokers, mixtures of silver, copper & gold. Cross necklaces & earrings, brushed lapis & turquoise. This collection is fun & sexy and sure to be a pal with you in all of your late nights, odd mornings and wild times! 

They are the kind of pieces that never come off. The rings that are permanently indented in your fingers, the necklaces that you feel while you are dancing and wake up to the next morning. 

Our message to you my girls: wear what you love and let it remind you of all the fun times that are meant to be had. Sometimes we lose sight of one of the greatest love stories to be had, the one with ourselves & our best friends!

Spring is yours!

Xxxxxx Vanessa 

Shot by: Dove Shore

Model: Pyper America

Styling: Donna Lisa

Make-up: Stacey Tan

Hair: Luke Chamberlain